The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies

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Edited by Alessandro Barchiesi, Edited by Walter Scheidel

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 976 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 252mm x 58mm | 1,760g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199211523
  • ISBN 13: 9780199211524
  • Illustrations note: 50 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,267,305

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The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies is an indispensable guide to the latest scholarship in this area. Over fifty distinguished scholars elucidate the contribution of material as well as literary culture to our understanding of the Roman world. The emphasis is particularly upon the new and exciting links between the various sub-disciplines that make up Roman Studies - for example, between literature and epigraphy, art and philosophy, papyrology and economic history. The Handbook, in fact, aims to establish a field and scholarly practice as much as to describe the current state of play. Connections with disciplines outside classics are also explored, including anthropology, psychoanalysis, gender and reception studies, and the use of new media.

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Walter Scheidel is Professor of Classics at Stanford University.

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"This volume on Roman studies certainly follows a wide and open-minded concept. Far from claiming a totalizing view on the Roman world, it offers in fact what it aims to offer: orientation, but also very much to think about what Roman studies could be, by content and form." --Bryn Mawr ClassicalReview

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. New media (and old) ; TOOLS ; 2. Transmission and textual criticism ; 3. Iconography ; 4. Linguistics ; 5. Archaeology ; 6. Epigraphy ; 7. Papyrology ; 8. Numismatics ; 9. Prosopography ; 10. Metre ; 11. Literary theory ; 12. Translation ; APPROACHES ; 13. Style ; 14. Gender studies ; 15. Culture-based approaches ; 16. Anthropology ; 17. Identity ; 18. Performance ; 19. Psychoanalysis and the Roman imaginary ; 20. Art and representation ; 21. Reception Studies ; 22. Historicism and formalism ; GENRES ; 23. Rhetoric ; 24. Historiography and biography ; 25. Epic ; 26. First-person poetry ; 27. Theatre ; 28. Letters ; 29. Novels ; 30. Scholarship ; HISTORY ; 31. Early Rome ; 32. The imperial republic ; 33. The early imperial monarchy ; 34. The late empire ; 35. Power ; 36. Urbanism ; 37. Economy and quality of life ; 38. Family and society ; 39. Freedom and slavery ; 40. Law ; 41. Spectacle ; 42. Imperial ecumene and polyethnicity ; 43. After antiquity ; IDEAS ; 44. Philosophy ; 45. Political theory ; 46. Hellenism ; 47. Religious pluralism ; 48. Judaism ; 49. Christianity ; 50. Sexuality ; 51. Women ; 52. Space and geography ; 53. Architecture ; 54. Science ; 55. Time and calendar